OUR SAY: Changes in store as Myer departs … but it’s not all bad news

ORANGE has withstood losing several businesses in recent times, but rarely has a landholder been so prepared as yesterday when Myer announced its January departure.
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Rumblings circulated for some months that the major department store might close and it seems the lead time was put to good use and a development application for the building’s redesign is already being considered.

The DA addresses a number of bugbears with the historic building – an access will be added to the rest of Orange City Centre, giving customers direct access rather than the current, somewhat unorthodox arrangement of having to walk through Myer first from Summer Street.

It also provides a solution to troubles with Post Office Lane.

Orange City Council has grappled for years with antisocial behaviour and the design’s potential to open the area up to alfresco dining provides the best solution yet to improving the situation.

While there are 50 more people in Orange who now face the uncertainty of the job market, Myer’s vacancy has already been addressed where other sites’ futures like Electrolux and Bunnings are still unclear.

But key to keeping Summer Street vibrant will be completing the work quickly and concerns have been raised about the mooted three-month gap between Myer’s departure and redevelopment work starting.

The more this can be minimised, the better the result will be.

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Cox hit with 13 serious charges

CHARGED: Wodonga trainer Brian Cox faces 13 charges.
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Wodonga trainer Brian Cox has been slapped with 13 serious charges from Racing Victoria stewards.

The charges were handed down on Friday and allege he possessed and administereda prohibited substance and man handled two stewards during a routine inspection of his Wodonga stables on March 10.

Stewards discovered an Ulcerguard container with a substance identified as Nitrotrain following analysis by Racing Analytical Services Limited.

Nitrotraincontains Ethylestrenol,which is an anabolic steroid, and stewards allege Cox administered it to horses,Minnie Downs and Baby Jack, twice last year.

A minimum mandatory disqualification period of three years is in play if Cox is found guilty on any of the charges relating to the administration of the steroid.

Cox is also facing a charge of giving false or misleading evidence at a stewards’ inquiry.

Stewards Dion Villella and Rhys Melville attended the stable in Marchand stewards have alleged Cox manhandled Villella in an attempt to remove the prohibited substance from him and also forcibly pushed Melville.

In a separate development,Cox has alsobeen hit with an animal cruelty charge.

Stewards allegeCox was provided with veterinary advice on December 8 last yearto rest and confine another stable member,Cochrane’s Gap, fortwo to three months to overcome a serious leg wound.

But a day laterthe horse was presented for a jump-out at Wangarattato gain approval to race.

It subsequently failed to do so withstewards allegingCox failed to exercise reasonable care to prevent an act of cruelty.

The charges will beheard by the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board at a date to be fixed.

Cox has runners engaged at theWodonga race meetingon Saturday.

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Gettin’ your groove on

I SAWBaron Greenback perform for the first time at Taylors Beach Bar and Caféin early March. I held high expectations for the band given the calibre ofmusicians involved. March can be a little hit and miss in regard to the weatherthough this balmy Esperance evening turned on the goods with a temperaturethat in itself would inspire you to dance. As I get older I find the urge to pull onthe shuffling shoes elusive at best. Usually I prefer to kick back and appreciatethe music, though listening to the Baron I found myself contemplating the idea ofdancing and then reconsidering some wild moves I thought I’d placed on theshelf. Needless to say by the second set I found myself amongthe groovers.
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Greenback are a fantastically tight unit, playing a brilliant mix of old andcontemporary songs. All of the musicians involved are at the height of theirindividual talent, which culminates in an exceptionally high-energy performance.Songs that really shone for me were Valerie by Amy Winehouse, Kat Greyshowing fantastic range on the vocals, followed closely by Paint It Black by TheRolling Stones. Paint It Black came late in the night and was a surprise as BaronGreenback shifted momentarily from their funk/jazz inspired covers. Even withthe variation the crowd continued to dance.

Baron Greenback is a seven-piece band made up of the remnants of local actSould Out. The name change came about a year ago and they have been jammingregularly since. Each individual brings a unique talent to the group they are, KatGrey (vocals), Digby Ho Leong (vocals), Damien Gale (bass), Geoff Collins(trumpet), Tony Connor (keyboard), Brendan Franzone (guitar) and behind thedrum kit Joe Franzone. They played their first gig in 2015 at the Yellow Dot Balland remained fairlyquiet until their March show at the Tearooms. Icaught up with Joe Franzone who described the band’s major influences as TheBlues Brothers, Amy Winehouse, and a clear and undeniable passion for funk, soul and jazz.

Baron Greenback are gearing up for their second outing this yearonMay28,kicking off at 7pm. For venuedetails check the Esperance Music Facebook page. If you’re interested in BaronGreenback playing at your function you can contact Joe Franzone, Tony Connoror Damien Gale via Facebook.

Seven-piece band: Baron Greenback grew out of the remnants of local act Sould Out and have been jamming regularly for about a year.

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Rams must ramp it up to reach first win: Reid

Shayne Brown and the Rams will be focused on attack when they host Shoalhaven on Saturday. Photo: BROOK KELLEHEAR-SMITHDUBBO Rams coach Damien Reid wants more commitment from his side when they host the Shoalhaven Tigers on Saturday afternoon.
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The Rams remain winless on the bottom of the Waratah State League ladder but continually show glimpses of brilliance and the kind of style Reid wants to implement.

In last week’s loss to Lithgow the Rams produced one of their best quarters of the season but it wasn’t enough as the visitors ran over the top of them for the rest of the match.

Reid believes it comes down to attitude and concentration, something he hopes will improve this round.

“It’s about commitment to the offence,” he said.

“Sometimes we stray away and start playing a bit of jungle ball where anything goes and it’s a bit ordinary.

“But there are signs of some really good stuff.”

According to Reid, who took over the coach’s reins this season, the main issue with his side currently is inexperience.

While the likes of recent opponents Wagga and Lithgow have import players who have played in various countries across the world, the Rams only, have mainly local players.

“We are carrying a few juniors and guys who have only played two or three seasons of State League,” he said.

“That inexperience shows but we are building for the future.

“The young kids are getting good court time and they’re doing a job but sometimes that concentration and commitment that we need, they can lose track.”

The Rams were boosted by the return of Kristjan Reinhold last week, who is now back in Dubbo after a stint back in his homeland of Estonia sorting out visa issues.

His match fitness was lacking last week but Reid is hopeful he will be back to his best on Saturday in a match which is expected to be physical.

When the two sides met back in April at Shoalhaven, a match the hosts won 73-39, the Rams were battered around by the large Tigers lineup.

While Reid admits his side still don’t have the size to match the visitors physically, this time his side is ready for the contest.

“Mentally I think we’re as prepared as we can be but with the lack of size and bulk they’ll still push us around a bit,” he said.

“But we’re a bit more prepared to take those hits and we know what to expect.”

The action gets under way at 5pm at the Woolshed.

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Lions facing an uphill battle against St Pat’s

Craig Johnson and the Dubbo Lions will be hoping for an improved showing at Bathurst on Saturday. Photo: CHERYL BURKE Andrew Murrell and the Dubbo Lions will be determined to turn their seasona round at Bathurst on Saturday. Photo: CHERYL BURKE
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THE Dubbo Lions have had little to cheer about so far in 2016 and on Saturday they face another challenge when they make the trip to Bathurst.

Following last week’s 5-2 loss to the Orange Wanderers the Lions meet second-placed St Pat’s.

The Bathurst side have been in fine form this season, losing just two of eight matches so far, and the only thing keeping them from the top of the ladder is the fact they lost four points due to playing an unregistered player.

The Lions were also dealt that punishment and it put them on the bottom of the ladder, somewhere they remain.

Despite being winless, their one win in the opening round was stripped as punishment, there have been positive signs for the Dubbo side.

On Saturday they will be desperate to show improvement again as they look to make up for the embarrassment of last time they met St Pat’s.

The Bathurst side dominated that match back in mid-April, winning 12-0 and coach Graeme Waters will be determined to avoid that kind of score this time out.

Matt Waters and Stuart McKenzie will again be key after finding themselves on the scoresheet numerous times this season.

The action at Bathurst gets underway at 1.35pm.

Elsewhere, Orange Wanderers are looking to build on last week’s win over the Lions when they take on Lithgow Zig Zag.

The Wanderers won comfortably last week and now face two crunch games.

Player-coach Matt Johnson said wins in the next two matches will keep them within reach of the top two on the ladder.

Despite dominating the game against Dubbo, Johnson wants to see his side still play better against Zig Zag.

“They’ve been flying under the radar a bit,” Johnson said of the Lithgow team.

“We’re going back to our basics. Our passing and trapping probably wasn’t up to scratch against Dubbo, if we can execute our basics the rest should take of itself.”

In the women’s PLH, the Dubbo Blue Jays enjoy the bye.

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Christmas rose great for winter

The Christmas rose, helleborus niger, is so called because in the northern hemisphere where it originated it blooms over Christmas.
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Comfrey is great for the compost heap.

It is not a rose but its white flowers resemble a single rose.

DELICATE: The helleborus niger is not a rose but its white flowers resemble a single rose.

It grows best in a shaded place where the soil is deep and contains much humus and moisture.

Plant it where you might grow ferns and protect it from strong winter winds.

The best time to plant a Christmas rose is in autumn. A common mistake is to plant it too late in spring.

Unless planted well before this, it will not build up enough reserve energy to enable it to bloom the following winter.

Christmas roses must not be planted too deep and special care must be taken that the roots are not damaged.

Plant them so that the crown is no more than two or three centimetres below the soil surface.

A plant will last for many decades so the soil must be well prepared with humus. Leaf mould and peat moss can be dug in too. Only very old and well-rotted manure should be used.

The soil should be about neutral rather than acid.

Christmas roses here can bloom any time from May to August, depending on weather conditions.

Comfrey

Comfrey is a very tenacious plant. Once you have it in your garden you will have much trouble in getting rid of it.

It is rich in calcium, phosphorus, potassium and trace minerals and in vitamins A and C.

Comfrey has long been used medicinally for all sorts of ailments, both internally and externally.

But medical experts now believe that excessive internal use can cause irreversible liver damage and say it should be taken very sparingly, or better still not at all.

But there’s one good thing about comfrey. It’s great for the compost heap.

Conifers

Conifers, as we all know, come in all shapes, sizes and many colours.

The most familiar ones range from shrubs to gigantic trees.

Not so well known is the fact that there are many which are low growing ground covers, and these can give you year-round colour.

Most ornamental conifers belong to two families, juniper and cypress.

You’ll be bewildered by the botanical names on conifer plants in garden centres.

If you’re looking for ground covers watch out for junipers with the names horizontalis, depressa or prostrata.

Juniperus communis depressa aurea is a good example.

It spreads outward with curved branches drooping at the tip. It changes colour charmingly throughout the season. It starts with bright gold in spring, fades to green and gold for summer and then takes on beautiful silver purplish hues, flecked with bronze, for winter. It will thrive in poor soil.

For a fast grower try juniperus horizontalis douglasii. It is steel blue in summer, purple in winter and has stiffish, spreading branches.

Even more attractive is juniperus horizontalis glauca, which grows closer to the ground and has blue berries. It is blue-green.

All of these plants are not fussy about soil or even about rainfall.

Jobs to do

Many areas can expect frost from now on. Any pumpkins that are still outdoors should be brought in and stored in a dry place.

Remember not to lift them by their stems and don’t let them touch each other on the shelf.

Perennials such as delphiniums and foxgloves should have their dead stalks cut off and removed. Fork in some dolomite around them and bed them down for winter with a mulch of hay.

You can also dig up perennials now and divide them, unless you are in a very cold area, in which case leave them until spring.

Kitchen herbs can be divided or planted out. Thyme, sage and marjoram can be split up. So can chives.

Conifers come in all shapes and sizes.

Bring in pumpkins and store.

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Natural disaster cash grants sought to help relieve dairy farmer pressures

ADF President Simone Jolliffe and Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce in Victoria this week after discussing the federal government’s response to the dairy price cut crisis.
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AUSTRALIAN Dairy Farmers are asking government to adjust the eligibility criteria for $20,000 in cash grants that normally aid communities hit by natural disasters like floods and fires, to support embattled dairy farmers impacted by the shock milk price cut crisis.

ADF President Simone Jolliffe welcomed various support measures promoted by different groups to promote support dairy farmers this week including banks easing debt pressures and financial assistance by State governments.

Ms Jolliffe was one of several industry leaders and dairy farmers who met for talks this week with Agriculture and Water Resources Minister Barnaby Joyce near Shepparton in Victoria, to address a response package.

Ms Jolliffe said support measures from the major banks and State governments had been declared but federal government grants remained a core priority.

She said a verbal request was made to Mr Joyce this week to amend the eligibility criteria for disaster relief assistance to provide $5000 grants for professional business advice for farmers suffering the heaviest impacts of the price cut crisis.

That request also applied to $15,000 cash grants that can be provided to assist immediate recovery efforts for dairy farmers which are normally issued for community support following extreme weather events.

Ms Jolliffe said the support package also needed to be bipartisan and she would speak to Shadow Agriculture Minister Joel Fitzgibbon, and Mr Joyce, in understanding the caretaker conventions of government due to the federal election.

“ADF is extremely welcoming of any support that can assist those dairy farmers who have been impacted by these unplanned price cuts by milk processors,” she said.

“We are using our own resources to assist farmers at this time but we also need more federal government assistance to support those most heavily impacted, including fast-tracking Farm Household Allowance.

“We also need to amend the criteria for concessional loans and to help with access to cash grants that are provided to communities hit unexpectedly by natural disasters like floods and fires that help them with recovery efforts.”

Ms Jolliffe said improving resources to strengthen the delivery of Rural Financial Counselling Services for the dairy industry, was also a priority.

She said about 4000 of the nation’s 6100 dairy farmers were impacted by Murray Goulburn’s retrospective price cuts which were followed by Fonterra and the exact number of businesses needing the cash grants was still being determined.

After this week’s meeting near Shepparton, which included Health Minister Sussan Ley and Regional Development and Health Minister Fiona Nash, Mr Joyce said various measures were being considered, to implement an assistance package.

That included resources to assist effected farmers with managing paperwork on Farm Household Allowance applications.

Mr Joyce said he would also talk to the Finance Minister about changing the criteria for delivering concessional loans, at a cheaper rate.

“We have access to a quarter of $1 billion per year which we got through the White Paper and concessional loans so let’s see if we can make more of that available to people in the dairy industry,” he said.

Mr Joyce said dairy industry members had promised to provide him with a statement on their support requirements after the meeting which Ms Jolliffe said was due early next week.

“There are a couple of other issues that we said we are going off-line with to make sure that we get a result,” he said.

“We are already working towards the solution right now – we will be continuing on with the solution.”

The Nationals leader said the snap milk price reduction would be “more widely felt later on” but was currently concentrated on Fonterra and Murray Goulburn.

However, he stressed there was a strong global outlook for the dairy industry which he said was not suffering a “systemic downturn”.

“It’s got a short-term problem and we will find our way through this and we will continue on,” he said.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is also looking into the circumstances underpinning the milk price cuts as is the Australian Securities & Investments Commission.

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Community corner, May 24

Port Lincoln Music SocietyTHE next meeting of the Port Lincoln Music Society will be today (May 24) from 7.30pm in Port Lincoln Senior Citizen’s Hall. The usual brief meeting will be followed with a program of music and all are welcome. Admission is $2 and a plate of supper would be appreciated.
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Sing AustraliaSINGAustralia will sing only on Monday,June 27 at 7.30pm at80 Oxford Tce. Look for our sign. Everyone welcome,call0408 750 887.

Neighbourhood WatchNEXT meeting, Monday, June 6 from 7.30pm at Kirton Point Bowling Club. Call 8628 2007. The group will also host a Royal Flying Doctor Service trading table in front of Nautilus Theatre on June 3 from 8.30am to noon. Plants, produce, cooking. Donations also accepted. Enquiries 8682 227.

SA Pensioners AssociationNEXT meeting, Tuesday, May 31. Seminar, Heart Foundation, State Emergency Service (SES). 10am, Lincoln South, Tennant St. All community members welcome. Call 8682 2007.

Shirley Group meetingTHE next meeting on Monday, June 1 will be at Cruiser Cafe at 2pm. Call 8682 4802.

Saturday danceEnjoy dancing on Saturday, May 28May in the Anglican Parish Hall, PortLincoln, starting at 7.30pm. Shared supper. All welcome.

A series of musical events will take place in Port Lincoln over the next month or two.

Grief and Bereavement Support GroupTHISis a social support group for people experiencing grief and the loss of a loved one.

We get together for a coffee on the last Wednesday of the month at theLincoln Hotel (lounge area)from2pm to3.30pm.

This month’s date isWed, May 25.Everyone is most welcome to join us and have a cuppa with

people living with similar experiences, and who may understand.

For information, please callBrian Knott on8682 6050 orIrene Plane on0428 833 430.

Diamond Facets Chronic Pain Support GroupDO you have chronic pain? Then this group is for you. Meeting today (May 24) from 4pm to 6pm,Country andOutback Health Office, 7 Mortlock Terrace, Port Lincoln. Guest presenterDanielle Pearsall. Forinformation callNorah on 0427 711 677.

Zonta meeting Members and Friends of Zonta Port Lincoln are advised that our May meeting will be today (May 24) from6.30pm for 7pm at the Grand Tasman Hotel.Guest speaker will be intrepid traveller and Zonta member Rosii Pedler.

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Myer sacrifices Orange: 50 jobs gone as retail giant plans to close store

BRIGHT FUTURE: Orange Business Chamber president Mark Madigan says a redeveloped Orange City Centre will bring exciting opportunities for Orange in the wake of Myer’s closure.Photo: STEVE GOSCH MYER Holdings Limited’s announcement it would close its Orange store in January was met with sadness on Friday, but business leaders also voiced their enthusiasm for plans to redevelop the building, saying they would inject fresh life into the central business district.
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A development application (DA) has been lodged for a mix of specialty stores and a Harris Scarfe department store to replace the departing major.

Myer chief executive officer and managing director Richard Umbers said the company’s strategy was designed to deliver a “sharper and more focused offer”.

“These difficult but important decisions are a necessary step in the delivery of the new Myer strategy, which is designed to return Myer to profitable growth,” he said.

The move is expected to affect 50 jobs, however Myer acting corporate affairs and media general manager Mel Ward said Talent2 Recruitment would work with staff during the next eight months to help them either redeploy within the company or find another job.

“We do reach out to retailers and we actively try and help staff find other employment,” she said.

Orange City Council economic development committee chair and councillor Jeff Whitton said the closure was sad news and Myer had played an economic role in attracting shoppers from Bathurst and Dubbo.

But he said the redevelopment would make a significant improvement to Post Office Lane.

“The people of Orange know Post Office Lane is a place to stay away from and by turning it into a traffic area, it’s going to bring a little bit of life into it,” he said.

Orange Business Chamber president Mark Madigan said the news was not a surprise because of Myer’s decisions nationwide, but the fact a DA had already been lodged proved building owners Alceon and CPRAM Investments were committed to embedding themselves into Orange’s business community.

“We would like to suggest Harris Scarfe look at picking up some of the Myer staff,” he said.

“What it does highlight is a lot of people buy online – it’s just one of those things that’s inevitable but for Orange, [the redevelopment] is an extremely exciting proposition.”

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Diversity on screen: Sofya Gollan and Bridie McKim tackle disability, the last hurdle

Actor Bridie McKim (left), who has cerebral palsy, and writer-director Sofya Gollan, who is deaf. Photo: Jason SouthIt’s one of the great paradoxes of showbiz: we love an able-bodied actor who plays a disabled character, but we’re not so keen on actors with genuine disabilities.
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Nowhere is this more evident than at the Academy Awards, where the choices in the acting categories have earned them the dubious nickname of the “gimp awards”.

“Oh man, if you are an actor and you have a role that has a disability you are guaranteed to win an award somewhere,” says Sofya Gollan, the chronically deaf writer-director of Gimpsey, a terrific short film screening at St Kilda Film Festival that is both about disability and stars an actor with a disability, 19-year-old Bridie McKim.

“Audiences find it deeply comforting when an actor they know and love plays a role with a disability, then they get up [at the end of it], shake off the role and become a normal person,” says Gollan, who graduated as an actor from NIDA in 1992 but found work in the mainstream not easy to come by.

“It’s a completely different dynamic when you have an actor with a disability actually playing a role with a disability. That’s not to say it can’t happen – they just haven’t been given the opportunity.”

Since the Oscars began in 1927, about 16 per cent of all the acting awards have gone to actors playing characters with a disability. And since 1989, the trend has become even more pronounced, with more than half of the best actor awards going to able-bodied men playing a disabled character.

Some of the recent examples of able-bodied actors playing disabled characters and winning big are Tom Hanks in Forrest Gump (intellectual disability); Daniel Day-Lewis in My Left Foot (cerebral palsy); Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man (autism); Tom Cruise in Born on the Fourth of July (paraplegic); Al Pacino in Scent of a Woman (blind); Jamie Foxx in Ray (blind); Julieanne Moore in Still Alice (Alzheimer’s); and Eddie Redmayne in The Theory of Everything (ALS).

Precisely two have gone to actors who actually have a disability: the deaf Marlee Matlin for Children of a Lesser God; and Linda Hunt, who has a form of dwarfism, for The Year of Living Dangerously (a role in which she played a man).

Gollan’s 11-minute Gimpsey is a simple but moving tale of a young woman (McKim) who realises her best friend is actually not such a great friend after all.

“I’ve had a few toxic friendships [like that] because I thought that’s what I had to put up with in order to be liked,” says Gollan, who has been a presenter on Play School since 1991. “I think everyone goes through that but there’s a layer of complexity with it when you have a disability because you’re not sure you can measure up to the ideal – especially if the other person is wildly popular and beautiful and everything you think you’re not. But one day you wake up and you go, ‘You know what? I am enough’.”

McKim has a mild form of cerebral palsy, the most obvious sign of which is a pronounced limp. She is a triplet, born 10 weeks premature; her siblings are able bodied, and, she says, growing up “I knew I was different but I was never given any excuses”.

“Disability affects you socially much more than it does as a person,” she says. “I know how to live my life with CP but it’s tough when people don’t know how to respond to you – they can be a bit insecure and they can sometimes belittle you, or they can be so in awe of you that you’re the token child, this incredible person.”

McKim had done youth theatre in Brisbane but Gimpsey is her first film role. She is now studying at NIDA, and Gollan has cast her as the lead in a feature, Melt, that she hopes to make soon.

Given her own experiences and the continuing dearth of opportunities, does Gollan think an acting career is a wise move for someone with a disability?

“All actors have to do other jobs, so actors with a disability will have to do other jobs as well,” she says. “You have to follow your heart – so go for it.”

Gollan is about to start a job in development at Screen NSW. She’s not there specifically to advocate for stories about or people with disabilities, but she does hope to bring a different viewpoint. “We are here, we are part of the fabric of society, we need to be able to tell stories from our perspective,” she says.

And what of those able-bodied actors and their awards? Does it grate, just a little?

“I don’t see it as them and us, but I think it’s a missed opportunity,” Gollan says. “Eddie Redmayne – I think you did an amazing job, you did the research, kudos to you, but it’s a missed opportunity.

“You could have got someone with a mild disability to do that and digitise them to be normal. Why not: if you’re going to digitise normal people to be disabled, why can’t you go the other way? Radical thought.”

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